Hey, I've been told that A&K makes guns that can be good or bad, depending on your luck i guess? Well, i have seen a lot of people purchasing The Masada. (Like myself.) So i wonder, what stories do you have of A&K, or even of your Masada. I ask because i have heard all sides of the spectrum about all of their products. Another thing, any thoughts on why A&K products seem to be increasing in popularity, and would you recommend a newer player any A&K products? Correct me if i'm wrong about anything here.
Last Edit: Dec 31, 2013 1:00:25 GMT -5 by zephurah
I purchased one of the first Masadas that made it out of customs and into Michigan back when A&K made a fake company called Monday International. The one I got is probably very different from the masadas available now though. I no longer own that masada but the last time I checked, its still going strong. One of the reasons for that may be because that gun has never been opened or upgraded or messed with. For the time that I had it, I kept it clean and lubed and it wasn't put through major abuse.
I have heard the same thing you've heard about A&K though and that you never really know if you're going to get a good one or a lemon.
I think it is very possible that their QC is just seriously lacking. So it's a crapshoot when you buy one. I Bought a M249 made by them and it wouldn't event shoot a BB, straight out of the box. It wouldn't feed them, then when I fixed that it had horrible compression. Overall it was a complete workover that was needed to make it a useful gun.
Post by Legionnaire on Dec 31, 2013 15:44:50 GMT -5
Eh, don't over think it too much. I have owned a few A&K guns and they have all worked fine. By chance you do end up with a lemon like Tank, there is a good chance it won't cost much to get it functioning. You have a better chance of getting a working replica than one that doesn't. Every gun purchase is risk IMO. Buy what you like and work from there.
I think Legionnaire has the right attitude. Buy a gun for what it looks like on the outside and worry about the internals when they break. It's easy to repair a gearbox, replace broken or worn out parts or find someone who knows how to do tech work for fairly cheap.
Every gearbox, clone or not, is going to need some TLC at some point in its life. Buy it, break it, fix it up and get back to playing.